Are Online App-a-Thons the Future of Hackathons?

Windows 8

“The Social Network” made hackathons relatively famous as they depicted the early days when programmers and developers for Facebook would “plug in” and work together to create wonderful things. They looked fun and it’s easy to see how collaborative development of apps and software can make perfect sense in a world where creativity combined with technological acumen yield awesomeness.

Microsoft is taking it to the next level. With standard hackathons, the participants gather in physical locations to collaborate. This has been popular since 1999 and continues today, but with the upcoming release of Windows 8, Microsoft wants to tear down the boundaries and open it up to a larger community. They’ve gone online with an “App-a-Thon”.

Here I discuss it on Business Insider:

With the imminent release of the Windows 8 mobile operating system, Microsoft and CoderCharts are holding a large-scale online hackathon to infuse the Windows Store with apps. Registration for the event is currently open and submissions will be accepted from August 17th through August 26th.

Check out the whole story.


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